Loughborough Business School

Make a novel contribution to knowledge, position yourself as an expert in your field, and open a range of doors with future employers – by embarking on a PhD at Loughborough Business School.

You’ll be joining a dynamic community that inspires talented researchers from all over the planet to progress new ideas for businesses and policymakers that are helping to shape a fairer, more sustainable future.

  • 86% of our business and management research is 'world-leading' or 'internationally excellent' (Research Excellence Framework 2021)
  • Triple-accreditation (AACSB, EQUIS and AMBA) ensuring the highest quality of education
  • Top 150 in the world for Business and Management Studies (QS World University Rankings by Subject 2023)

Our current PhD opportunities

We’re excited to announce that we have a range of funded opportunities available across our seven academic groups.

Details of the exact offer, including entry requirements and the PhD topics each group will consider applications in, can be found within each group's webpage.

Why study your PhD at Loughborough Business School?

Embarking on a research degree is perhaps the most exciting and demanding phase in any academic career. As the pinnacle of academic qualifications, it marks the transition from being largely taught by others to becoming an independent academic, conducting your own research and developing your own ideas. Our goal is to guide you through that process of becoming a fully fledged PhD graduate, equipped for a wide range of rewarding careers.

You’ll be joining our vibrant research community and become an integral part of our research culture. You’ll be encouraged to attend conferences and symposia, and work on joint publications with your supervisor to hone and develop your research.

You’ll also interact and work closely with our academic staff – pre-eminent researchers who are highly regarded in their fields and are active in research, publishing and professional organisations.

Our doctoral research training programme will equip you with sought-after skills you can take into a range of careers. You could also develop your teaching skills by supporting undergraduate programmes or working as a tutorial assistant.

What our researchers say

Further information

For further information about funding and writing your research proposal, please see our dedicated webpages.

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